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News in brief - May 2013

15 May 2013

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Global Diversity Staff Network

The Global Diversity Staff Network was established at the end of 2012 and is one of a number of staff-led groups in Cardiff University. The network, which is open to all members of staff, seeks to help the University advance its equality and diversity agenda. It provides a discussion forum and an interface between members and the University administration, focussing on issues of   cultural background, ethnicity and national origin.

As part of its calendar of events, the network is celebrating ‘Cultural Diversity Day’, on Tuesday 21st May.  It is also organising a networking event, to be held on Wednesday 12th June. This will be an opportunity for staff to socialise with colleagues and learn more about the network. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Treasure will be the guest speaker at the event.

For more information about the network or the events, email or visit the Global Diversity blog on Connections, at


Before I Die Festival

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What makes for a good death? How can health care policy and provision support us at the end? What do we need to do as individual and within families? How do you write a ‘living will’? Should patients be able to request an ‘assisted’ death?

These are just some of the questions that will be posed to members of the public in an upcoming Cardiff-based festival devoted to confronting end-of-life issues.

The Before I Die festival is organised by Cardiff University and will run from the 11th-21st of May at various venues across the city. The festival will host a series of cross-arts events linked to the theme of death and dying, as well as the celebration of life.

For more information about the festival visit:


Building Business



The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM has officially marked the start of construction of Cardiff Business School’s new £13.5M state-of-the art teaching facilities.

Cardiff Business School’s new building will, once completed, offer modern facilities such as a 60-seat trading floor, an executive education suite, lecture theatres and flexible study spaces.

It will also provide bespoke facilities to host conferences and events for business people and policy makers.

The sod cutting was also attended by Roger Lewis of the WRU and Alan Edmunds of Media Wales, both of whom are members of the School’s International Advisory Board.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM said: "Today represents the first step towards another major development in the history of Cardiff University and Cardiff Business School.

"We want to see a strong Higher Education Sector here in Wales. One which attracts and retains the highest quality students, built around the needs and expectations of learners and offering the best HE experience and outcomes.

"The plans for this new Business School fully support that vision."


Prestigious award for Science Technician

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Steven Baker from the School of Physics and Astronomy has scooped the inaugural Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Technician of the Year Award at the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) conference at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Carole Tucker, Deputy Head for Learning and Teaching, who initially nominated Steven for the award, explained why - "Steven is always the man-behind-the-scenes at UCAS and School events ensuring everything runs smoothly, setting up demonstrations for my academic colleagues, updating talks, directing visitors. Everything is performed in such a seamless and timely manner that it is easy to forget that he is there but, without him, the whole event would fall apart. This award therefore presents us with a wonderful opportunity to say an overdue thank you to such a vital component of our School. We are privileged to have him."

Related Links

School of Physics and Astronomy


Chemistry student named Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year


News in brief CHEMY Student Success_webSchool of Chemistry student Max Feller has won the TARGETjobs Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year Award.

The award, sponsored by EDF Energy, was created to find students with a passion for sustainable energy.

Out of hundreds of applicants, Max was selected as one of ten award finalists with other students from universities including Warwick, Birmingham and Imperial College London.

Category entrants were put through their paces with a tough application process, including presentations and psychometric tests.

Max was presented with his award by Sir Trevor McDonald at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in London. His prize is a paid internship with EDF Energy, a visit to a nuclear power station in France and an exclusive lunch with a station director.

Speaking about the award Max said: "Winning means so much to me because the calibre of the other candidates was so high; I'm overwhelmed by it all and am so pleased all my hard work has paid off.

"I’m excited by the challenge of a low carbon future and passionate about being at the forefront of these changes."

Related Links

School of Chemistry




Directory of Expertise

Cardiff is a world-leading University driven by creativity and curiosity offering a range of expertise from leading academics. The Public Relations department has launched a new and comprehensive Directory of Expertise which provides the media with access to expert comment, informed opinion and analysis on a range of research and topical issues. It aims to support the media to connect directly with Cardiff experts and is searchable by area of expertise; by name; or by Academic School. To access the Directory visit:

We would like to encourage Cardiff University staff members to sign up to the directory - please contact Lisa Birkbeck, Public Relations: for information.